INDIA-BOUND 2018 HONDA CIVIC FIRST LOOK

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The Honda Civic was visibly one of the most popular best sedans sold in India. Be its futuristic design or premium interiors, the Honda Civic clearly set a high benchmark. However, due to the increasing popularity of diesel and drop in sales, the Honda Civic was discontinued in India. We believe the new-generation Civic that was revealed globally last year, will arrive at our shores sometime next year. The premium sedan will be positioned below the Honda Accord Hybrid and will rival the likes of Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia. It is our best guess that the 2018 Honda Civic will make its first arrival at the Auto Expo scheduled to happen early 2018. The new-gen Honda Civic that you see in the images below is the one made in Thailand and sold in Bhutan. We believe the premium sedan will go through certain changes in terms of features for the Indian market.

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The new-generation Honda Civic adopts an aggressive design language. The sedan is 30mm wider and 130mm longer than the previous-generation five-door Civic. It is also lower by 20mm. The front gets a series of character lines, making the overall profile look busier than before. To the side, the new Civic gets a coupe-like silhouette that is further completed by 2 noticeable lines running along the profile. The way the roofline gently blends with the tail section along with the C-shaped tail lights give it an interesting rear quarter profile. In addition, the compact back windbreak and boot lid paired with a trailing roof spoiler. Coming to the interior of the 2018 Honda Civic, it might not be as appealing as what we had seen in the previous gen model. That’s because Honda has gone a lot more normal with this one. The design theme looks similar to that of the City. While this one is an international model, we believe it will go thorough changes when launched in India next year. The infotainment system looks a tad too basic and does not feature the popular Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity options. The cabin space has been increased, so is the rear legroom by close to 95mm. The boot space has been retained at 478 litres. The new-gen Civic sedan is based on a brighter platform that weighs 16kg less than the previous offering while the torsional stiffness of the chassis has been increased by 52 %. On the front, it gets a MacPherson strut suspension while the rear rides on an all-new rear multi-link suspension.